February 22, 2018
“I think a lot of people still don’t know what coworking is, so it’s nice to have a community that understands,” says Calgary Coworking Alliance founding member Lina Huffman, co-founder of The Bridge. The Alliance came about as Lina attempted planning a coworking space pub crawl. “Suddenly we became the Alliance, and we still haven’t actually gone on that crawl.”
Coworking spaces are offices shared by a rotating cast of professionals, often who either don’t need or can’t afford their own offices, to save on overhead costs. Coworking facilities provide more than a desk and other office infrastructure, they also connect their members with people from outside their community through facilitated workshops, networking events, and member presentations.
Calgary currently has more than 30 coworking offices, the following seven are members of the Calgary Coworking Alliance: Work Nicer, The Bridge, The Collective 1212, ReSourceYYC, EFFECTIV, Assembly Coworking Space, and The Commons. Lina says it’s important they have a “unified front,” and often refer potential members back and forth between the offices.
“It’s okay if you like one space over another,” Lina says. “It's more important to us that you find the space that gives you the most benefits.”
The Calgary Coworking Alliance operates on three pillars: collaboration, comarketing, and advocacy – toting the importance of working together to solve common issues, from cutlery gone AWOL to making sure the needs of their members are being met by giving them a voice.
“At the end of the day, everything we do is about the members of our spaces and their goals,” says Work Nicer founder Alex Putici.
“If we can play well with our ‘competitors,’ so can everyone else.”
Click here to learn more about the Calgary Coworking Alliance.
Want to see if coworking is right for you? Connect with the three Alliance members that are part of REAP: Assembly Coworking Space, The Bridge, and Work Nicer.
Check out the Coworking section of the REAP directory here.